Today, AMD's disruptive Ryzen processors got out of the mainstream and into the business world with the announcemnt of Ryzen Pro chips filled with enterprise-friendly functions. The soft launch revealed interesting information for enthusiasts, too: Tough information about AMD's yet-unreleased Ryzen 3 chips.
The only thing AMD has officially stated about Ryzen 3 is that the Core i3 rivals will launch at some point in the 3rd quarter (read: by the end of September). The Ryzen Pro launch exposes two specific chips, the Ryzen 3 Pro 1200 and Ryzen 3 Pro 1300. Both are true quad-core chips without multi-threading, loading identical 65-watt TDPs and 2MB L2/8MB L3 cache sizes. The key distinction? Clock speeds. The Ryzen 3 Pro 1200 hovers in between 3.1 GHz and 3.4 GHz, while the faster Ryzen 3 Pro 1300 rocks clocks between 3.5 GHz and 3.7 GHz.
The Kaby Lake Core i3 lineup tends to have higher base clock speeds, however Intel's chips just use two processor cores augmented by hyperthreading. Here's an AMD-supplied chart demonstrating how the Ryzen Pro 3 compares versus the Intel Core i3-7100. Comparing the higher-end Ryzen 3 chip against Intel's base-level Core i3 stacks the deck a bit, however it's still illuminating.
The effect on you in your home: There's no warranty that customer Ryzen 3 chips will mirror their Ryzen 3 Pro equivalents, but since every other revealed Ryzen Pro chip feeds and has similar speeds as mainstream Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors, it sure seems likely-- though extra models might likewise appear. We'll need to wait on Ryzen 3's official statement for concrete pricing info also.
Having fun with business-grade power
Beyond the specification expose, that AMD even offers expert variations of its entry-level Ryzen 3 chips is noteworthy. Intel does not extend vPro enterprise features that far down the line. Every Ryzen Pro chip improves Ryzen's base features with boosted security and encryption functions, longer guaranteed schedule and image stability, DASH manageability, a 36-month warranty, and more.
Here's a summary of the entire Ryzen Pro lineup:
Do not anticipate to get Ryzen Pro systems in your hands immediately, regardless of the statement. AMD states "The world's largest providers of business customer desktops are expected to supply Ryzen Pro-based PCs to businesses worldwide in the second half of 2017."